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11-11-11 — For one local couple this date signifies much more than Veterans Day and numerology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Saturday, 12 November 2011 17:55

Bob and Sharon (Voorhees) Walgren on their wedding day, Nov. 11, 1951. They will celebrate their 60th anniversary this Friday — 11-11-11.


By Amy Straub

The Wauneta Breeze


Bob and Sharon Walgren of Wauneta will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday on Nov. 11 — 11-11-11.

Although, Bob is a veteran of the Korean War their marriage was not specifically planned to be on Veterans Day.

“That is when Bob got leave and came home so we got married. We signed the armistice and have been veterans ever since,” Sharon commented. The Walgrens were high school sweethearts and had been together for five years prior to getting married in 1951.

In their 60 years of marriage the Walgrens have accomplished a great many things. One of their greatest accomplishments would be their family, which consists of two sons Rex, the outgoing one, and Scott, the shy one, along with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Walgrens purchased the local grocery store in 1972 and have owned it since. The boys run the grocery store for the most part now, but don’t count Bob and Sharon out just yet. They continue to be a part of the store. Walgren’s Super Market is known for having the best meat in the state.

Bob served in the Navy as a Yeoman 3rd class for “three years, 10 months and 28 days.” The Walgrens were married while Bob was still in the Navy. After their wedding they lived in California until Bob’s service in the Navy was over. They then returned to Wauneta where they have resided ever since.

Sharon moved to Wauneta in 1939 from Hastings and Bob has lived here his entire life. Both of their boys were raised in Wauneta. They have even lived in the same house since returning from California in 1954.

The Walgrens have enjoyed many aspects of life in their 60 years of marriage including many sporting events, traveling, gambling, and running the family business.

Some of their travels have included destinations such as Las Vegas, New York and Maine just to name a few. They don’t take in the local ball games much anymore, although they still take an active role in the family business and community.

At 80 years old Bob is two days older than Sharon. “I let him be boss for two days a year,” Sharon quips. They are still very much an active couple. Partially retired, Bob still cleans in the store every morning but says its the first time he can just leave when he gets the notion. Sharon goes in three to four times a week and helps out.

As for the Navy Bob really doesn’t miss it. He enjoyed his time in the service but his heart will always be in Wauneta. Both claim they are thrilled their families can be close, all whom live in various areas of Nebraska.

The Walgrens will be having an open house on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Senior Center to celebrate their anniversary.

Following in the evening they will be meeting their close friends and family at the Golf Course in Enders to enjoy supper.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 November 2011 18:13